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Damon's three-run shot lifts visiting Yanks over O's

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BALTIMORE -- After Aubrey Huff had his fun at the expense of Joba Chamberlain, the New York Yankees got in the last word against the Baltimore Orioles.

Johnny Damon hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, the biggest blow in a long-ball attack that carried New York to a 5-3 victory Sunday.

Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano also connected for the Yankees, who received a gritty pitching performance from Chamberlain (2-1) to capture the decisive matchup of the three-game series.

Huff homered off Chamberlain in the first inning to stake Baltimore to a 3-1 lead. Huff emphatically pumped his fist after rounding first base, then did it again with even more gusto after he crossed the plate. It was a rare show of emotion by the 32-year-old, who is usually far more reserved after hitting a home run -- especially in the first inning.

Chamberlain has angered opponents for his enthusiastic fist pumps on the mound, and Huff responded with his own version of the celebration.

"He does that stuff all the time as a pitcher, so I was just having a little fun with him out there," Huff said. "That's just part of the game. You get excited in situations like that. I wasn't showing anybody up. I was just having a good time."

Huff insisted that his fist pumps were not to be interpreted as a figurative slap in the face to Chamberlain.

"It's OK if pitchers do it. If batters do it, it's kind of stupid. Everybody kind of frowns on it. So I wanted to have fun with it," Huff said. "I'm kind of a jokester guy; I enjoy messing around and stuff like that. It wasn't a shot at him. He can do what he wants out there."

Said Chamberlain: "I didn't even notice. It's a home run. No reason to be upset; he did what he's supposed to do. I made a bad pitch and he went and got a home run."

Held to one run through six innings by Orioles rookie Koji Uehara, New York rallied in the seventh against the struggling Baltimore bullpen. After Cano hit a solo shot off Jamie Walker, Francisco Cervelli and Derek Jeter recorded infield hits against Jim Johnson (2-1) before Damon drove a 3-2 pitch into the right-field seats.

"Who would have thought it would come down to a couple of infield hits at the end, the way the ball has been flying around here," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.

It was Damon's ninth homer, the sixth in 10 games, and marked the seventh consecutive game in which he recorded at least one extra-base hit. He struck out twice and hit into a double play against Uehara.

"He had me guessing and chasing all day long," Damon said of Uehara. "I wasn't too happy with that."

Uehara yielded six hits, walked none and struck out five. The Japanese rookie has a 1.64 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season, but only one win to show for it.

Much of the blame lies on the bullpen. The Orioles have outscored the opposition 79-59 in the first three innings this season but have been outscored 57-35 after the sixth inning.

Chamberlain yielded three runs and nine hits in six innings. Although he popped a blood vessel in his right thumb on Saturday, Chamberlain did not appear bothered by the injury.

In his first outing since giving up back-to-back homers for the first time in his career, Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-4 for New York in his third game since returning from the disabled list following hip surgery. He's 1-for-10 since homering in his first at-bat Friday night.

After Teixeira hit a solo home run in the first inning, Huff answered in the bottom half. Two batters later, Luke Scott singled but hurt his left shoulder diving back to the bag on an attempted pickoff throw. He was forced to leave the game and afterward had his arm in a sling.

"I kind of had my weight on my left arm. It hurt to the point where I can't swing a bat," he said.

Scott will receive an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.

Notes

  • Cano was 3-for-29 before getting two hits Sunday.
  • Orioles pinch hitters are 0-for-13 with eight strikeouts, the only team in the AL without a pinch-hit.
 
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Derek Jeter thanks Johnny Damon for the outfielder's sixth homer in 10 games.  (US Presswire)
Derek Jeter thanks Johnny Damon for the outfielder's sixth homer in 10 games. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Damon
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Baltimore

A. Huff
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4120111 .273
Johnny Damon, LF5113034 .314
Mark Teixeira, 1B4111011 .198
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4010001 .182
Hideki Matsui, DH4000011 .265
Nick Swisher, RF4010030 .270
    Brett Gardner, CF0000000 .227
Robinson Cano, 2B4121001 .321
Melky Cabrera, CF-RF4010002 .333
Francisco Cervelli, C4120002 .273
Totals37511519  
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (8, Uehara), Melky Cabrera (4, Sherrill)
HR - Johnny Damon (9, Johnson), Mark Teixeira (7, Uehara), Robinson Cano (6, Walker)
RBI - Johnny Damon 3 (25), Mark Teixeira (17), Robinson Cano (18)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon 3 (13), Mark Teixeira (11)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Chamberlain-Cano-Teixeira, Jeter-Cano-Teixeira
New York Yankees
Joba Chamberlain (W,2-1) 6933251 3.89
Phil Coke (H,1) 2100010 3.29
Mariano Rivera (S,6) 1000110 3.65
HBP - Wigginton (by Joba Chamberlain)
Pitches-Strikes - Joba Chamberlain 104-64, Phil Coke 25-16, Mariano Rivera 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joba Chamberlain 6-4, Phil Coke 2-2, Mariano Rivera 1-1
Batters Faced - Joba Chamberlain 27, Phil Coke 6, Mariano Rivera 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5110023 .290
Adam Jones, CF4120020 .358
Nick Markakis, RF3010103 .352
Aubrey Huff, 1B3113101 .268
Melvin Mora, 3B4020012 .242
Luke Scott, DH1010000 .303
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH-DH2000001 .198
Gregg Zaun, C4000012 .210
Felix Pie, LF3020100 .183
Robert Andino, SS4000014 .261
Totals33310337  
a-hit by pitch for Scott in the 4th
Batting
HR - Aubrey Huff (6, Chamberlain)
RBI - Aubrey Huff 3 (31)
CS - Melvin Mora (2, 2nd base by Chamberlain/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Andino-Huff
Baltimore Orioles
Koji Uehara 6611051 4.01
Jamie Walker (H,2) 0.2111011 2.84
Jim Johnson (BS,1; L,2-1) 1.1333021 3.77
George Sherrill 1100110 3.95
IBB - Jeter by George Sherrill
Pitches-Strikes - Koji Uehara 94-65, Jamie Walker 15-9, Jim Johnson 27-18, George Sherrill 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Koji Uehara 3-9, Jim Johnson 2-0, George Sherrill 2-0
Batters Faced - Koji Uehara 23, Jamie Walker 3, Jim Johnson 7, George Sherrill 5
Game Information
Attendance - 33290
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Jeff Nelson